NEWPORT County AFC caretaker manager Michael Flynn says talks about his future can wait as he focuses on saving his hometown club from relegation.

Flynn has won 10 points from a possible 18 since replacing Graham Westley last month.

When he took charge the Exiles were 11 points from safety at the bottom of League Two but they are now within five points of Hartlepool United after the win over Crawley Town.

And County defender David Pipe backed his friend for the permanent role last week.

But, asked about his position, Flynn insisted he is concentrating on the remaining six games of the campaign – starting with this weekend’s trip to Exeter City.

“I’m just focusing on doing the best I can this season for the team and for the club,” he said.

“Whatever talks [we’re going to have] they can wait, that’s not the issue at the moment.

“The issue is to stay in the Football League and getting enough points for us to do that.”

Flynn also confirmed that he does not intend to play himself for the remainder of the season.

The 36-year-old came out of retirement to feature in five games under Westley while he was also working as a first team coach.

But Flynn feels the step up to the number one job requires his full attention.

“I don’t want to put my own boots back on,” said the boss when asked who would fill in for the suspended Joss Labadie in central midfield.

“Joss is out for three games now and it’s frustrating because he was just getting back to full fitness but it gives someone else a chance to come in.

“I’m not going to pick myself on Saturday, that’s for sure.

“I think there’s one or two boys who deserve to play in front of me.

“I think there would be more negative than positives about it – unless I went and scored the winner.

“In an ideal world I don’t want to. I think it’s different when you’re a coach but when you’re a manager I think it’s hard to combine the two.

“I want to focus full on how I can help the boys during the game.

“You see things a little bit clearer from the side and, unless I’ve absolutely got to, I won’t be looking at that [playing again].”